ISRO Starts Landing Tests for Chandrayaan-2 Mission (Download PDF)

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ISRO (Indian Space Research Organsiation) has started a series of ground and aerial tests linked to the dangerous Moon landing of Chandrayaan-2. These tests were started from ISRO’s new site at Challakere in Chitradurga district from Bengaluru.

Image of Chandrayaan-2

Image of Chandrayaan-2

Image of Chandrayaan-2

  • Lead centre for the second Moon mission is ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC).
  • Tests include avionics and electronics testing, lander legs testing, full test using artificial craters that simulate the lunar terrain, and lander’s sensor testing.

About Chandrayaan-2 Mission

  • Chandrayaan-2 is set for late 2017 or early 2018.
  • India’s second lunar exploration mission after Chandrayaan-1.
  • Launched to the Moon by a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV Mk II).
  • Orbiter spacecraft will be launched from Sriharikota.
  • Includes lunar orbiter, lander, rover all developed by India.
  • Mission includes soft-landing on Moon and moving a rover on its surface.
  • All 3 project components will be sending data and pictures to Earth.
  • Mission type: Lunar orbiter, lander, rover
  • Operator: Indian space Research Organisation (ISRO)
  • Launch site: Satish Dhawan

About Chandrayaan-1 Mission

  • Chandrayaan-1 was India’s first lunar probe and launched by ISRO in October 2008; it operated until August 2009.
  • Launched by PSLV-C11 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
  • Included a lunar orbiter and an impactor
  • Mission completed 312 days in orbit.
  • Made more than 3,400 orbits around the moon.
  • Sent more than 70,000 images of the lunar surface providing detailed views of lunar mountains and craters, especially craters in the permanently shadowed areas of the Moon’s polar region.
  • Mission type: Lunar orbiter
  • Operator: Indian space Research Organisation (ISRO)
  • Launch site: Satish Dhawan Second Pad

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Location of ISRO’s new site

Location of ISRO’s New Site

Location of ISRO’s new site

- Published/Last Modified on: October 25, 2016

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